Steve Markham, director of the Dickinson-Iron Health Department, said that health departments in Michigan are given the authority to declare an order of imminent danger if there is a risk of physical harm or death.
noted that they haven't been seeing the serious psychotic episodes or death here like they are in Marquette and Houghton counties.
"The only way we can deal with it is to indicate the source of the danger - substance or cause - and support that with specific evidence from the medical community," Markham
"If we say people are being harmed, we need to be able to back it up."
said that the herbal incense products are not causing the same level of harm as with the bath salts, from what he
has heard from the medical community.
added that what Senate Bill 789 does is direct the State Department of Health to expand and build on that to fast track a substance to get it scheduled as an illegal drug.
This is done at the request of the Board of Pharmacy in Michigan.
said that getting this drug use under control will take a real community effort.
"Our hands are tied with being required to determine whether the risk of the drugs are causing imminent danger," Markham